I've had enough

By Amanda20 Latest Reply 2012-02-06 17:44:55 -0600
Started 2012-02-02 16:02:00 -0600

I'm not one to complain, i promise but I'm starting to think my health is getting a bit ridiculous. I was diagnosed with cancer when i was 17, went through chemo and radiation. Then when i was pregnant with my son i got gestational diabetes. Now I'm pregnant with my second child And they tell me i've probably had type 1 diabetes for about 3 years. To top it off i am allergic to the insulin… Im confused, sad, upset, pissed off. I need to not stress for this baby in my belly but how do they expect me to do that? Plus I'm so confused about the diabetic's diet and everything. I've gone low so many times in the middle of the night. Hoping this site can help me with all this stuff.

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red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-03 15:18:35 -0600 Report

Do you see an endocrinologist? Please ask the dr to send you to classes/nutritionist to help understand how diabetics should eat. That way you can get help with what and how much you should be eating for you and the baby. The endocrinologist specializes in diabetes, and can adjust your meds accordingly as well as help with the education, thus; help bring the stress level down.

Don't panic, it can all be controlled, it just takes working with your drs and being proactive and asking these questions, write them down. I would take someone with you to take notes etc, as those of us who have been pregnant, know how we can get that foggy brain without adding diabetes on top of it:)

Take a deep breath, calm down, and start enjoying this pregnancy. (Hugs)

jayabee52 2012-02-06 17:44:55 -0600 Report

May I add a suggestion? I often put my questions into a wordprocessing program where my questions reside until the appointment time. Then I print out 2 copies (or even 3 copies if I have someone with me) At the intake interview before the visit where they do the weight and the BP/vitals I give the additional sheet to the person taking the interview asking them to place it in the chart where the Dr would see it before s/he comes in. That way the Dr is alerted that I have some questions and if there is something which may need a bit more research Dr can research it before entering the exam room.

edvel54 2012-02-03 14:15:47 -0600 Report

It does get better. I had gestational diabetes with both my kids..1st was diet controlled and 2nd was pills & insulin. I was supposed to be on bed rest with her, but was at the doctors every day doing stress test & checking sugar. Try keeping glucose tablets by your bed and always have a snack before going to bed. Stress isn't good for you or the baby…sit back & listen to music for a while every day..it helps

Amanda20 2012-02-03 02:34:21 -0600 Report

Thanks eric. I know they are waiting on a few more tests. The only person i've seen so far is a nutritionist. They have switched one of the insulins im taking to see if the allergy will stop but it hasn't yet. Just difficult being pregnant on top of it. What is an endocrinologist? Sorry i know I'm still new :)

door331 2012-02-03 11:59:24 -0600 Report

Yes, an endocrinologist specializes in diseases of the endocrine system. This includes all sorts of issues with a bodies hormones and glands. They are pretty much your primary Dr for all diabetes related issues. While the nutritionist is trained to adjust diet, the endocrinologist will be better suited to adjust your insulin dosages and prescriptions. In the future will probably see a diabetes educator as well. They will help you understand how to manage and maintain your lifestyle while keeping your diabetes under control.

jayabee52 2012-02-03 10:18:31 -0600 Report

an endochrinologist (or "Endo") is a specialized MD relating to glandular problems. There are Endos who focus on the care of people with diabetes. A couple years ago, I had an Endo who was only interested in my thyroid.

door331 2012-02-02 17:30:09 -0600 Report

My understanding is that insulin allergies are very rare. You may want to talk to your doctor and see if there is anything you can do— it may be as simple as changing to a different brand of insulin that your body reacts better with. If you are truly a type1 you will need insulin. There is no way around that.

Your diet won't really need to change. You will need to work with an endocrinologist and talk to a diabetes educator. They will teach you carb counting, dosing your insulin, etc. keep your chin up and I am sure you can work through it all. This site has many people that can offer support, advice, and answer all kinds of questions.

Best of luck to you,

nzingha 2012-02-06 09:12:17 -0600 Report

i think i also have an allergy to insulin so u r not alone. i am suppose to be seeing an endo myself as all kinds of hormone over production and imbalances r taking place in my body.. i've developed this thing called cushings disease because of over production of the hormones that controls that, i feel things crawling all over my body when ieat, feet swelling legs weak, fingers numb, i feel like i want to just lie down and go sleep most times.. if i dont keep moving i feel like i will cease up.. its very distressing.. but u have to just keep on keeping on.. dont let the feelings get u down..

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